U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $74,000 to develop a rural health care network led by Manchester Memorial Hospital in Clay County.
Manchester Memorial Hospital helped spearhead the effort to pursue the grant money while working closely with the various community organizations involved in Community Health Improvement Partnership.
“Our ultimate goal is to create an integrated health network and increase awareness and access to health, wellness, safety and service providers,” said Sandy Eversole, Community Outreach Coordinator.
The federal Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant integrates clinical, information, administrative, and financial systems across members. A health network enables various health care organizations to work together to increase patient service and support functions.
“Integrating medical services enables the health-care community to serve regions more efficiently,” said Rogers. “I am pleased to see the federal health department investing in our region’s rural health care needs.”
The ultimate goal of establishing a rural health network is to strengthen the health care delivery system at the community, regional, and state level by improving the viability of the individual providers in the network. Grant funds typically are used to acquire staff, contract with technical experts, and purchase resources to build and operate the network.